One gripe I have with certain tabletop games is that they entirely neglect any sense of the complexity of certain actions, or they make actually rolling for things impossible from the very start. I’m trying to avoid that entirely with 1-800 Regime Change, with a tree-based attribute/skill/specialization system. This allows me to make, say, assembling a gun different than sewing a ballistic plate into a vest, but have a shared skill so that it is not impossible to have some synergy. Continue reading “1-800 Regime Change: Reining In The Dice Regime”
1-800 Regime Change will rely on an incredibly complex system of firearms, so much so that guns will have their own character sheets (well, maybe two per page, but it’s up there).
To do this, guns are made from a number of components. A popular and recent video game that used this system is the Borderlands series, but they did more of a cosmetic-driven approach rather than a mechanics driven approach. Continue reading “1-800 Regime Change: Arming an Army Part 1: More Flexible Than A Champion Gymnast”
So I watched Commando yesterday (I’ve been buffing up on action movies to work on 1-800 Regime Change), and I was pleasantly surprised. The first thing I noticed was a long montage relating to Schwarzenegger’s character and, more importantly, his motivations. Immediately we saw Colonel Matrix’s drive when he was spending time looking after his daughter and doing things with her. Continue reading “1-800 Regime Change: Birthing A Mercenary Part 1: Love, Drive, Fear”
I’m currently working on 1-800 Regime Change, a game that attempts to emulate action movie fare in a mercenary setting where the players typically work to overthrow regimes, as the name may imply. It’s a tabletop game, which requires me to do a lot of design that is based around minimizing the difficulty of playing the game as well as creating a fun, balanced game. Continue reading “1-800 Regime Change: Thresholds are fun! Part 1: Damage and Stability”
I’m working on a game on Story Nexus called Orchestra, after the tabletop game of the same name that I made a year and a half ago or so and I’m currently redesigning the rule set for.
My biggest issue coming up is whether or not to monetize the game, and if so how. Obviously I need some more content before I can monetize solely on the criteria of action refreshes (StoryNexus mandates the use of an action pool, which helps since I don’t have super huge amounts of content), and it is not very polished in the grand scheme of things, something which I am working on as I do a partial rewrite of mostly unreleased and still-on-a-notepad content (the tutorial and several of the not-quite-finished things are always sources of irritation to me), as well as the first Metamorphysis (one of the factions in-game) story mission. Continue reading “To Monetize or not to Monetize”
This is where I’ll be doing my updates for a variety of projects, and it’ll serve as a good way to get in touch with what I’m working on when one project or another doesn’t update for a while.
Right now I’m working on three things that will be important in the long run in the scheme of my projects:
- Orchestra on StoryNexus
- 1-800 Regime Change, a tabletop game
- An unnamed Orchestra short story/miniature novella
I’ll be posting updates here as things go along.